It's been awhile huh. Things have been busy for me the past few months, and I apologize for not keeping up with the so called blog of mine. I moved out a few months ago. I don't think I have posted since then. I'll try and get some pictures up of the new pad in the next week or so.

I ended up scoring a hellofa deal on a 2007 Ruckus about a month ago. All it took was one ride on Mark's to make me want one. I've been riding it rather than driving to work. It's fun to ride, and hits in the low 40s easily. I've already started modding, but sure does dent the wallet. Good thing it gets 100 mpg and fills up the tank for $3.



Living in a place with limited storage, and 3 other cyclists, we had a hard time trying to decide where to put all our bikes. A few weeks later, we have a rack in our living room / kitchen area.

It holds nine.



Actually it has been done for quite some time now, about a day after posting pictures of the frame. Here is a picture of Rhoda's Orbea complete. A fine bike for such a fine lady.
Rhoda's Orbea



As much as I wished to keep this for myself, I bought it for Rhoda. She was suppose to be riding a black, yellow, and red Orbea, but that turned out way too big for her. What is it with sellers not knowing how to properly measure a frame?

This one was as described: 53CM Top Tube, 50CM Seat Tube. I should have it built up for her in the morning, can't wait until she see's how nice it rides.



I don't recall the last time I actually blogged. It has really been that long. Life has been good lately. So good that my time in front of the computer has diminished to nearly nothing. I'll try and fill you in with some highlights:

Mom got married.
Jared and Megan got married and had one crazy wedding.
Sidewalk slammers will really knock you out.
I own a SLT, but who knows when it will be done.
School is nuts, my schedule is fucked.
Vegas in 2 weeks.

I'll try and update more frequently now... promise.



Dreaming of carbon.
I seems like that is all I find myself looking for in the past two weeks. The parts must match the frame right? I've got a new project I'm working on that I will show you all soon. All I have to say is that road bikes are stupid expensive.



A few weeks ago Rhoda and myself took a trip down to So Cal for a few days. We hit Disneyland and rode around Santa Monica and Venice. It was a much needed fun trip. Here is a little video I put together and some pictures.



Not too long ago, I had given up on my BlackBerry Strom. It was alright at first, but as time went by, I realized how much the phone sucked. Anh switched from his iPhone to the HTC Droid Incredible which made me take a closer look at the phone. After just a few minutes of reading reviews, I went ahead and placed my order. Sadly the phone was (and still is) currently back ordered a few weeks, so I had to patiently wait for it to show up. I took one last picture with the Storm and couldn't wait ship it off to some sucker who bought it on eBay for over $100!

The best thing about the Incredible is probably its speed. This phone is fast! No delay when loading web pages, or using Google Maps. There are also a ton of apps available in the marketplace. The camera on here is definitely something to mention. It has 8 megapixles, more than my digital camera. Here are some un-edited shots from the past few weeks with the phone.

The weekly WTF with Jared:

Bedsides the somewhat crappy battery life, I think this is a must have phone for any Verizon customer.


Keirin Cycles x DVS

It has been awhile since I have picked up any shoes other than black on black authentics. This all changed when I laid eyes on the Keirin Cycles and DVS colab.

Made with a ballistic nylon upper and rubber toe, I was sold. The shoes also feature a stiff sole that has been molded with a mesh material to decrease wear. This is the perfect everyday riding shoe, even despite the white sole. Keirin Cycles also sent out a pair of wayfarer glasses and a beer cozy.

If it is love at first sight for you too, good luck getting your hands on them. They are limited to just 25 Pairs.



Marcopolis found a trailer of a film by Lucas Brunelle and Benny Zenga called Line of Sight. In the video Lucas Brunelle travels the globe documenting alleycat races and every year he presents a new film at the BFF. This year for the tenth anniversary Lucas teams up with Benny Zenga to produce a film that takes it to another level.

Lucas is the undisputed master of documenting alleycats. From the vantage point of his custom helmet-cam his footage serves as insight into the best urban riders in the world in their natural element. Now Benny Zenga turns the camera back on Lucas Brunelle to bring a new dimension to this rare talent and 'international man of mystery'.

If you were watching closely enough, you would have seen me at 1:29 racing in Vegas. I would not recommend racing the night after a hard day of drinking without rest, or at least re-hydrating.

I'd love to see this film, can't wait until it's showing nearby.



I have been looking at the Mission Workshop bags since we got them in over at iMiNUSD and today, I finally picked one up. I had no real problem with my previous bag, a Chrome Pawn, but a friend was looking for the exact model I had, so I jumped on the opportunity to sell it. With a retail price of $220 these hand made in the U.S.A. bags are not cheap, but ditching the Chrome sure helped fund the Rambler.

My color of choice was black, but it turned out that the black was sold earlier in the day. That left me with the charcoal hiding in back, so I exchanged the charcoal for my preferred color. I'm not too sure if I will be able to use it to its full capacity just yet, but after a month or so of use I'll try and write up a little review.

I also picked up a new phone... an incredible one at that. Review / rant in the works.



Transport the 11 pounds of 18 carat solid gold FIFA World Cup Trophy in LV.

Too dope.



Yesterday was not only a holiday, but also Rhoda's Birthday. After work we headed off to the annual SJF Memorial Day BBQ. In the usual fashion, there was a ton of food, booze, and friends enjoying the beautiful weather at Williams ST park. Darin put together a dope video showcasing some of the shenanigans.

The weekly WTF with Jared.

Fatty, the dog, loves corn on the cob.

Happy B-Day!


I have been lusting for a new pair of denim. Your typical blue jeans wouldn't do it for me this time, they had to be black, and they had to be coated. Nudies Slim Jim Dry Black Coated jeans seemed to be exactly what I wanted, beside the heavy price tag. At $185 before tax, I decided to hold out until the shop got my size back in stock. While working last week, a package came in from Osloh that had some sample denim to check out. I tried on their Black Twill Track Jean and instantly fell in love. The skinny fit is matched with a low front waistband, and higher in the back making it great for preventing plumbers crack when riding. There is also an Internal poly sueded chamois seat lining, and quilted seat reinforcement. Seeing this was icing on the cake for me since I tend to blow out the crotch area of jeans after a few months of everyday use. The 11 ounces of premium stretch high ridge black twill is coated with water repellant resin and anti-bacterial finish.

I'll update after a month or so of use to let you know how they are holing up. Thanks for making near-perfect Jeans Osloh!



Rhoda sure did right treating me to the Sake San Jose event this past Thursday. Held in San Jose's historical Japantown, this annual Sake Fest was one I will be attending for years to come. For the small price of $40, you are give a map, a check list, and a wristband that allows you to sample Sake in 28 different locations all within a few blocks of each other. The best way to describe this event would be an alleycat on foot, where at each checkpoint you have want to drink as much Sake as possible in the shortest amount of time. Some booths had 2 or 3 kinds to try, and if you could sweet talk the workers, you could get second taste if one really tickled your fancy. The streets packed with wandering people, both old and young, but equally intoxicated. The vibe was great. I loved how Sake seemed to put everyone in a real feel good mood.

After sampling 40 or so different kinds of sake, we ate dinner at Hukilau. I batted my eyelashes at the waitress in order to convince her that for me, they really should serve me half sesame and half Pele style Hukilau Chicken. Despite the doubts from everyone at the table, I got my way, and had a great meal. Rhoda opted for Da Hawaiian Burrito which I woke up craving the next morning. I'll go back for one of my own the next time I'm in the area.
Thanks for the fun time everyone!